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USD Medical Student Wins National Case Study and Poster Competition

John Fanta standing near his poster presentation. Pillar 3 Sanford School of Medicine student John Fanta was a winner in the 2020 American College of Physicians' poster and case study competition.

VERMILLION, S.D. – John Fanta, a pillar 3 medical school student at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine, was a winner in the 2020 American College of Physicians’ (ACP) poster and case study competition.

Fanta, from Yankton, South Dakota, presented his study titled “A Blue Patient Poses a Clinical Conundrum” along with a poster of his investigation at the national ACP conference that was held virtually because of the pandemic. Fanta’s case involved a patient who had been erroneously diagnosed with methemoglobinemia after taking an over-the-counter urinary pain relief medication when the patient actually had sulfhemoglobinemia.

Fanta was awarded a cash prize for his accomplishment. 


USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News